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Carnation Luminaries

Perfect for Ramadan, these elegant luminaries by Manal Aman of Hello Holy Days! merge two significant symbols: the carnation and the eight-pointed star, both of which are commonly seen in Islamic art and architecture.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Extra large brown paper bag

  • Vellum paper bag

  • Small scissors

  • Tailor's awl

  • Masking tape

  • LED tealights


  1. Download and print the template. (If using small sized paper bags, reduce scale before printing.)

  2. Using the tailor's awl, make holes in the areas of the template to be cut. Cut out voids.

  3. There will be a seam running down the paper bag, tape the template onto the side of the paper bag that has no seam. Align it center and trace design onto the bag.

  4. Remove the template, and using the tailor's awl to make holes, cut out voids in the paper bag.

  5. Open bag and insert vellum paper bag inside. Place LED tealight and display.

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